Eastern Shore arsonist Tonya Bundick to serve 10.5 years

Posted at 10:47 AM, Sep 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-15 16:33:33-04

Accomack County, Va. (WTKR) - Convicted Eastern Shore arsonist Tonya Bundick will spend the next 10.5 years in prison.

She was sentenced Thursday morning in Accomack County Circuit Court for convictions in two separate trials.

Judge Glen Tyler first sentenced Bundick for a July 15, 2014 conviction on one count of arson. That was for a fire that occurred in March 2013 in Accomack County.

A jury found Bundick guilty on that count and recommended a sentence of 3.5 years and a $10,000 fine. Judge Tyler imposed that sentence and added $30,000 in restitution.

Bundick, who said nothing when asked by Tyler if she had a statement, was stoic as the sentence was read in court.

The judge then sentenced Bundick for an April 1, 2013 in Melfa.

Those charges were arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Bundick entered Alford pleas on those charges during a January 2014 trial in Virginia Beach.

That means while she was not admitting guilt, she did believe there was enough evidence to convict her. Prior to sentencing Thursday, Bundick entered a motion to withdraw those pleas, but it was denied.

Again, she did not react when Judge Tyler sentenced her to 7 years in prison for the arson charge and 7 years for the conspiracy charge.

Those sentences for the April 1, 2013 fire will be served concurrently.

However the 3.5 year sentence for the March 2013 fire will be served consecutively.

That means Bundick will serve a total of 10.5 years in prison for these two convictions.

In court, her attorneys tried to have the sentencing continued, but that motion was denied.

Following the sentencing, Judge Tyler approved an earlier motion allowing Bundick's attorneys to be removed from the case.

She still faces 61 more counts of arson to be tried.

Her former fiancée and co-conspirator Charlie Smith entered a guilty plea to 68 counts of arson against him last October.

He has still not been sentenced, but in court Judge Tyler said he would like to see that happen within the next 30-60 days.


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